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A1704 Wahlert, Jennie Papers Inventory of Jennie Wahlert Papers A1704 EAD by Jaime Bourassa using ArchivesSpace Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center 2017 225 S. Skinker Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63105 URL: This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-27 06:33:17 -0500 . English Describing Archives: A Content Standard English Missouri Historical Society Library and Research Center Jennie Wahlert Papers Wahlert, Jennie, 1883-1971 Michael, Rachel Stix Spencer, Thomas E. A1704 1.25 Cubic Feet (3 boxes) 1879-1993 Processing Information Processed by Frances Hall, 1995. Donor Information The collection was donated in February 1969 by Jennie Wahlert (courtesy of Elizabeth Goltermann). Additions to the collection were donated by Elizabeth Goltermann in April 1993 and March 1994. Biographical Sketch St. Louis educator Jennie Wahlert was born into a family that boasted six generations of teachers. She was born in 1883, the daughter of Henry August Wahlert and Anzella Snodgrass Wahlert. She was educated at Harris Teachers College in St. Louis and earned a masters degree from Columbia University. She began her own career in education as a teacher at Irving School in St. Louis in 1905. After teaching also at Elliott and Wyman Schools, she became primary supervisor in 1923 and principal of Jackson School in 1934. In 1943 she became professor of education at Harris Teachers College, a post she held until her retirement in 1953 at the age of 70. Thereafter, she assumed the directorship of Washington University’s nursery school and became an instructor in early childhood education at the school’s University College. An advocate of state-supported kindergartens and a promoter of early childhood education, Miss Wahlert was active in the Association for Childhood Education, the Girl Scouts of America, the Missouri State Teachers’ Association, the Nursery Foundation, the National Council of Primary Education, and the Nursery Education Council of St. Louis. She was also active in the Grace Hill Settlement House. She died in St. Louis in 1971 at the age of 88. Scope and Contents The Jennie Wahlert Papers document her career as a St. Louis educator and advocate of early childhood and elementary education. The collection includes correspondence from St. Louis educator Thomas E. Spencer, 1906-1938; correspondence from Rachel Stix Michael, 1929-1936; pamphlets and articles on kindergarten education, 1923-1957; material regarding Wahlert's 1931 trip to England as a guest of the English-Speaking Union; notes and programs for the 1938 observance of the centennial of the St. Louis public school system; material regarding the Progressive Education Conferences, St. Louis, 1940-41; correspondence and notes concerning her visit to Germany to observe the German educational system and to acquaint Germans with American elementary education, 1951-1953; notes and speeches concerning Susan E. Blow; data relating to the Jane Addams Centennial, 1959-1963; and letters and notes on kindergarten education, particularly concerning the campaign for state-supported kindergartens in Missouri, 1963-1967. The collection also contains biographical sketches of several notable St. Louis educators; notes and minutes of meetings of the Grace Hill Settlement House, in which Jennie Wahlert was active, 1964-1968; a collection of awards, citations, and diplomas conferred on Wahlert; and biographical data and newspaper clippings concerning Wahlert. The collection also includes an autograph book of Wahlert's mother, Annie Snodgrass (Anzella Snodgrass Wahlert), dated 1879-1882; notes, sketches, and photographs pertaining to inventions and the career of her father, Henry A. Wahlert, 1907-1908; and genealogical information and correspondence to Jennie Wahlert from her nephew Ernie [Ernst Henry Wahlert, Jr.?], 1968-1969. Also included is the record book of the Humanity Club, a women’s philanthropic association concerned with the reform of public institutions, primarily those that housed women and children, 1894-1911. The The Biographical Data Subseries of the Jennie Wahlert Papers Series consists of biographical data; the Professional Activities Subseries , the largest portion of the collection, contains material that documents Wahlert's professional career; and the Awards, Diplomas, Honors, and Commemorations Subseries includes Wahlert’s awards, diplomas, honors, and commemorations. The Wahlert Family Papers Series consists of Wahlert family papers and includes her mother’s autograph book, data regarding her father’s inventions, genealogical data, and letters from Wahlert’s nephew Ernie. The Associated Material Series contains the record book of the Humanity Club, dated 1894-1911. Its provenance is unknown. Arrangement The collection is arranged into the following three series: Jennie Wahlert Papers Series , Wahlert Family Papers Series , and Associated Material Series The Jennie Wahlert Papers Series is divided into three subseries: The Biographical Data Subseries , Professional Activities Subseries , and Awards, Diplomas, Honors, and Commemorations Subseries . Conditions Governing Access The collection is open for research use. Conditions Governing Use For permission to publish, quote from, or reproduce material in this collection, please contact the Archives Reference Desk at . Copyright restrictions may apply. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming to the laws of copyright. Physical and Technical Requirements There are no physical or technical restrictions. Preferred Citation Jennie Wahlert Papers, Missouri Historical Society Archives, St. Louis. Addams, Jane, Centennial: Box 2/Folder 1 Association for Childhood Education: Box 2/Folder 9 Beeson, Susan V.: see Humanity Club Blewett, Ben: Box 2/Folder 6 Blow family: Box 1/Folder 12 Blow, Susan E.: Box 1/Folder 12 Brown, Edmund F.: Box 2/Folder 6 Day, John W., Mrs.: see Humanity Club Eliot, Henry W., Mrs.: see Humanity Club English-Speaking Union: Box 1/Folder 8 Ernst, Lillie R.: Box 2/Folder 6; see also Humanity Club Gecks, Mathilde C.: Box 2/Folder 6 Gerling, Henry J.: Box 2/Folder 6 German educational system: Box 1/Folder 11 Gilderhaus, Mrs.: Box 2/Folder 3 Grace Hill Settlement House: Box 2/Folder 4 Halsted, Leonara B.: see Humanity Club Hilliker, Margaret: Box 1/Folder 12 Humanity Club: Box 3/Folders 2-4 Kindergarten education: Box 1/Folder 7; Box 2/Folder 2 Kinloch Kindergarten: Box 2/Folder 3 Langsdorf, Elsie Hirsch: Box 2/Folder 5 Leutheusser, Arthur O.: Box 2/Folder 6; sketch by: Box 2/Folder 11 Meier, Theodore G., Mrs.: see Humanity Club Meyer, Alberta: Box 1/Folders 3-4 Michael, Rachel Stix: Box 1/Folder 6 Noble, John W., Mrs.: see Humanity Club Principia College of Liberal Arts: Box 2/Folder 8 Progressive Education Conferences: Box 1/Folder 10 Rathman, C.G.: Box 2/Folder 6 Snodgrass, Annie: Box 3/Folder 1 Soldan, Frank Louis: Box 2/Folder 6 Spencer, Thomas E.: Box 1/Folder 5; Box 2/Folder 6 St. Louis Schools Centennial: Box 1/Folder 9 Wade, Walters William: Box 2/Folder 6 Wahlert, Ernst Henry, Jr. (Ernie): Box 2/Folder 13 Wahlert, Henry A.: Box 2/Folder 12 Early childhood education -- Missouri Education -- Germany Education -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Educators -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Kindergarten -- Missouri -- Saint Louis Blow, Susan E. (Susan Elizabeth), 1843-1916 English-Speaking Union St. Louis Public Schools (Saint Louis, Mo.) Jennie Wahlert Papers Series Biographical Data Subseries Newspaper clippings regarding Jennie Wahlert; includes obituaries. 1950-1971 1 1 Notes on Jennie Wahlert’s career and memberships. 1963 1 2 Article titled “Jennie Wahlert, Woman of Achievement,” by Alberta Meyer, in Childhood Education . 1993 Spring 1 3 Resume of the achievements of Jennie Wahlert, prepared by Alberta Meyer. No date 1 4 Professional Activities Subseries Correspondence of Thomas E. Spencer, St. Louis educator, to Jennie Wahlert. 1906-1938 1 5 Correspondence of Rachel Stix Michael to Jennie Wahlert. 1929-1936 1 6 Pamphlets and articles on kindergarten education. 1923-1957 1 7 Trip to England as a guest of the English-Speaking Union. 1931 June-July 1 8 St. Louis Schools Centennial: notes and programs for observance of the St. Louis Public School System. 1938 1 9 Progressive Education Conferences, St. Louis. 1940; 1941 1 10 Correspondence, notes, etc., regarding visit of Jennie Wahlert to Germany to observe the German educational system and to acquaint Germans with American elementary education. 1951-1953 1 11 Notes and speeches concerning Susan E. Blow; includes speech delivered to Carondelet Women’s Club, “The Blow Family,” by Margaret Hilliker. 1955 Feb 7 1 12 Jane Addams Centennial. 1959-1963 2 1 Letters, notes on kindergarten education; particularly concerning the campaign for state-supported kindergartens in Missouri. 1963-1967 2 2 Kinloch Kindergarten and Mrs. Gilderhaus, volunteer. 1964 Dec-1965 Jan 2 3 Notes, minutes of meetings of Grace Hill Settlement House. 1964-1968 2 4 Tribute to Elsie Hirsch Langsdorf, given by Jennie Wahlert at Langsdorf’s funeral. 1966 June 6 2 5 Brief sketches of the lives of the following St. Louis educators: T.E. Spencer, Frank Louis Soldan, Ben Blewett, C.G. Rathman, Henry J. Gerling, Arthur O. Leutheusser, Edmund F. Brown, Walters William Wade, Mathilde C. Gecks, and Lillie R. Ernst. No date 2 6 Awards, Diplomas, Honors, and Commemorations Subseries Awards, citations, diplomas. 1899-1965 2 7 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, conferred on Jennie Wahlert by the Principia College of Liberal Arts. 1944 May 25 2 8 Association for Childhood Education, program honoring Jennie Wahlert upon her retirement. 1953 May 28 2 9 Guest list, invitation, program, photograph relating to 80th birthday celebration of Jennie Wahlert. 1963 Oct 27 2 10 Memorabilia, birthday greetings, cartoons, pictures; includes original sketch by Arthur O. Leutheusser. No date 2 11 Christmas cards. No date 2 12 Wahlert Family Papers Series Notes, sketches, photographs pertaining to inventions and career of Henry A. Wahlert, St. Louis. No date 2 13 Genealogical information and correspondence to Jennie Wahlert from her nephew Ernie [Ernst Henry Wahlert, Jr.?]. 1968-1969 2 14 Autograph book of Annie Snodgrass. 1879-1882 3 1 Associated Material Series Record book of the Humanity Club. The Humanity Club, founded in 1894, was a women’s philanthropic association concerned with the reform of public institutions, primarily those that housed women and children. Those institutions included the jail and holdover; the workhouse; and public asylums, hospitals, and orphanages. The organization disbanded in 1912 “not because it has failed to do its work, but because it has given such an impetus that the wave of civic helpfulness has spread far beyond the limits of the work of this one club or of any other society.” Leaders of the Humanity club included Mrs. John W. Day, Miss Susan V. Beeson, Mrs. Theodore G. Meier, Miss Leonara B. Halsted, Miss Lillie R. Ernst, Mrs. Henry W. Eliot, and Mrs. John W. Noble. 1 volume in 3 folders. 1894-1911 3 2-4